Personally I'm really happy that ESPN did this purge. Just look at that list of reporters and none of them are good sources of info. Stein is the only guy there that I would say gets insider info but he has gotten really bad in the past couple years. So ESPN was pretty much paying these guys to write stories about stuff everyone already knows. Just look at a typical ESPN article. Nothing interesting is in them at all. They grab one or 2 simple quotes then write a whole article on it. It reminds me of the stuff students write when they need to add extra content to fill the required word count. Its the same reason why they are getting away from team beat reporters. There is not enough news to require daily articles on each NBA team.Cuban actually was talking about this a little while back. It creates an environment where reporters are going to try to create bs stories because there just isn't anything out there to write about.
The content Woj and his team puts out is exactly what people want. Simple facts about what is happening. Look at the trade deadline. Everyone interested in it was watching that yahoo stream and getting live updates on what was happening. You could never get that on ESPN and there is no reason why ESPN should be getting destroyed by The Vertical which is a very new and small group.
I mean its sad people lost their jobs but ESPN has been failing badly to a point where they could easily go under and its mainly because the content creators are not that good. ESPN has been killing Disney for a while now so this big change really had to happen eventually.